Individuals are being threatened with warrants for their arrest by scammers posing as agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Who Is It Targeting: Consumers who purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online
What Is It: Scammers are posing as agents from the DEA accusing individuals over the phone of buying drugs illegally online or by phone. The scammer alerts the victim that a fine must be paid via wire transfer to avoid additional action from being taken. However, if the victim doesn’t oblige, the scammer will often threaten to arrest the individual or search their property.
What Are They After: Money
How Can You Avoid It:
- Know your rights and use caution when purchasing medication online or by phone.
- No government entity will contact you by phone with any payment issue, they will always contact you by mail.
- If a company contacts you and you are unsure of the request simply hang up. Call the ITRC at (888) 400-5530 if you are unsure of a scam.
For full details of this scam check out this article from The Department of Justice.